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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-03-2022, 01:08 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #586 - It's Music to My Ears
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Replies: 22
Views: 716
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-30-2022, 12:25 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Westwood Village, Santa Monica.

June Gale, twin sister Joan and another set of twin sisters Jean and Jane were the Dancing Gale Quintuplets in vaudeville. June then acted in Poor Little Rich Boy, Moulin Rouge, Folies-Bergčre de Paris, Sing and Be Happy, Pigskin Parade, Time Out for Murder, Pardon Our Nerve, Hotel for Women, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, The Escape, and The Honeymoon's Over. She had a radio show, and married Oscar Levant.


Robert Gottschalk was a camera technician and founder of Panavision, and earned 2 technical oscars. He was killed by his boyfriend.


Guy Green was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. In 1946, he won an Oscar as cinematographer for Great Expectations. He began working in film in 1929 and became a noted film cinematographer and a founding member of the British Society of Cinematographers. Green became a full-time director of photography in the mid-1940s, and worked on Oliver Twist in 1948. He wrote, co-produced, and directed A Patch of Blue (1965). He also directed The Angry Silence (1960), The Mark (1961), Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975), and The Devil's Advocate (1977).

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-14-2022, 01:37 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #584 - The eye of the beholder (Nonhuman)
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 27
Views: 963
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2022, 01:20 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Thomas Edward Jackson started on Broadway in juvenile parts from 1899-1903, then gained experience as a theatrical director and producer. Jackson earned notoriety as a tough sarcastic detective in the 1926 hit show, "Broadway." The 43-year old actor was enticed to Hollywood, where he reprised his role in one of Universal's first "all talking pictures." He then was in demand in character roles, including as Thomas Flaherty in the classic "Little Caesar" (1930) as Edward G. Robinson's nemesis, and as a detective in Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window (1944). He appeared on TV through the mid-1960s.


Tony Jay was an on-screen actor in through the 80's then moved to voice work as Claude Frollo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Megabyte from ReBoot, and the Elder God (and the original Mortanius) from the Legacy of Kain series, Shere Khan in TaleSpin, The Legend of Prince Valiant, 2 Stupid Dogs, Virgil in Mighty Max, TMNT, the Draggit in Invasion America, Rugrats, and many others.


Howard "Si" Jenk was a character actor in over 180 roles. In "Captain January," he teaches Shirley Temple how to spit. In "Drums Along the Mohawk," Jenks attempts to get reluctant Edna Mae Oliver to go to the fort for protection from the Indians. In a "Day At The Races," he arrives with a telegram for horse doctor "Hugo Z. Hakenbush," (Groucho Marx). Jenks passes by Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in "Saratoga" and is the man gulled out of his money by Will Rogers in "Steamboat Around The Bend." In "Topper" Jenks is a surprised passerby finding Reginald Owen talking to a ghost that he, Jenks, cannot see. In "Stagecoach", Jenks is the bartender on the porch hoping to get a glimpse of Claire Trevor's petticoats. In "My Little Chickadee" with WC Fields, he plays a love struck deputy sheriff who Mae West manages to flatter and get the six guns out of his holster.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2022, 06:31 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Hillside, Culver City.

Joseph Pasternak was a Hungarian-born film producer. He was successful in Germany and Austria, working for Universal Pictures in Europe, making German-language musicals for the international market. He moved to the US during the rise of the Nazis. Pasternak cast 14-year-old singer Deanna Durbin in Three Smart Girls (1936), which reputedly saved Universal from bankruptcy. Pasternak produced a string of Durbin musicals, and also discovered Gloria Jean, who began her own series in 1939. Other popular Pasternak films include Destry Rides Again (1939) and Seven Sinners (1940). After moving to MGM, he produced The Great Caruso (1951), and other musicals featuring Elvis Presley, Doris Day and Connie Francis. He also produced three Academy Award shows in the mid-60's.


Joseph Ruttenberg was a Russian-born American photojournalist and cinematographer. He was nominated for the Best Cinematography oscar for Waterloo Bridge (1940), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Madame Curie (1943), Gaslight (1944), Julius Caesar (1953), and Butterfield 8 (1960). He won for The Great Waltz (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and Gigi (1958). In addition, he won the 1954 Golden Globe Award for the film Brigadoon. His first film was The Painted Madonna (1917) and his last was 1968's Speedway.


Bernard Schwab operated the four brothers’ pharmacies and was active in the Wisdom Masonic Lodge 202, Scottish Rite Temple, Al Malaikah Temple and the Peace Officers Shrine Club.


Guadalupe Natalia Tovar, known as Lupita Tovar, was a Mexican-American actress. She grew up during the Mexican Revolution and her family was very poor. Tovar was discovered by documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty in Mexico City after performing in a dance class and being invited with other girls to do a screen test as part of a competition which she won. With the prize including a contract from Fox, she moved to Hollywood in November 1928 with her grandmother. At Fox, Lupita's future husband, producer Paul Kohner, initially used Tovar to dub films in Spanish, her first being The King of Jazz. In 1930, she made Drácula, which was produced by Kohner. In 1931, Tovar starred in La Voluntad del Muerto directed by George Melford and, like the Spanish-language version of Drácula, filmed at night using the same daytime sets. Also in 1931, Tovar starred in the film Santa, which was such a hit that the Mexican government issued a postage stamp featuring Tovar as Santa. "I tell you I could not walk on the streets when Santa came out. People tore my dress for souvenirs. It was something." In 1932 Tovar married Kohner and in 1936, the couple had a daughter, Susan, who later was an actress, and in 1939, a son, Paul Jr., who became a director and producer. The re-release of the Spanish-language Drácula on home video in the 1990s caused a revival of Tovar's films. "It's like a dream being invited to all of these festivals and showings of my films. Was that really me up there on the screen? I had almost forgotten I was an actress. It has been absolutely wonderful how people have been so nice. Usually people die and then they get the award, but to be alive and receive this honor is fantastic!" Tovar died at age 106 just one day after her daughter's 80th birthday.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-22-2022, 12:26 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #581 -- Grass
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-19-2022, 09:45 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Hillside, Culver City.

Jules Levy was a TV and film producer. His television series include The Rifleman, The Detectives, and The Big Valley. Films include Clambake, White Lightning, McQ, Brannigan, and Smokey and the Bandit.


Sidney Korshak's law practice in Chicago brought him into contact with many mobsters, such as Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Sam Giancana, Tony Accardo and Moe Dalitz. His services were used by the upper ranks of both legitimate and illegitimate business in the US. Korshak was successful in labor consulting and negotiations, and his client list included Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, MGM, Playboy, MCA/Universal, and Diner's Club.


Abraham Lastfogel was one of the first employees and a long-time President of the William Morris Agency, a large diversified talent agency. The William Morris Agency hired Abe Lastfogel in 1912 as an office boy. Finding success in the rapidly growing firm, Lastfogel ultimately moved to Hollywood in 1932 to manage WMA's Los Angeles office. He was Chairman of William Morris while William Morris Jr served as President. During WWII, Lastfogel served as President of the USO camp Shows which produced wartime entertainment events featuring more than 7,000 performers seen by audiences of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines around the world.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-03-2022, 10:04 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Hillside, Culver City.

Bernie West was an actor, comedian, and TV writer. TV shows included All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, and The Ropers. He appeared on screen on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Phil Silvers Show, and Gomer Pyle USMC. West and his wife were contributors to the LA Free Clinic, and donated $500,000 towards dental care for impoverished children.


Dennis Wolfberg was a school teacher before launching a full-time comedy career in 1979. Wolfberg began his comedy career at the Comic Strip, though he auditioned as a singer and sang "American Pie". Wolfberg appeared on The Tonight Show and other talk shows. He had his own half-hour comedy special in 1990, and played Gooshie on TV's Quantum Leap. In April 1993, Entertainment Tonight aired "A Day in the Life of Dennis Wolfberg". He was twice named America's top male comic and he won an American Comedy Award as best male stand-up. Wolfberg was diagnosed with melanoma but worked for at least two more years. At the time of his death, he was negotiating a deal for his own TV show.


Darrell Zwerling was an actor whose best-known role was Hollis Mulwray, the unfortunate Water Authority Commissioner (the husband of Faye Dunaway's character) in Roman Polanski's Chinatown. Other films include Capricorn One, High Anxiety, And Justice For All, and Grease. He portrayed Mr. Charney, a voice-over applicant with laryngitis, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Other TV included Mannix, Columbo, and Kojak.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-03-2022, 10:04 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Hillside, Culver City.

Bernie West was an actor, comedian, and TV writer. TV shows included All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, and The Ropers. He appeared on screen on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Phil Silvers Show, and Gomer Pyle USMC. West and his wife were contributors to the LA Free Clinic, and donated $500,000 towards dental care for impoverished children.


Dennis Wolfberg was a school teacher before launching a full-time comedy career in 1979. Wolfberg began his comedy career at the Comic Strip, though he auditioned as a singer and sang "American Pie". Wolfberg appeared on The Tonight Show and other talk shows. He had his own half-hour comedy special in 1990, and played Gooshie on TV's Quantum Leap. In April 1993, Entertainment Tonight aired "A Day in the Life of Dennis Wolfberg". He was twice named America's top male comic and he won an American Comedy Award as best male stand-up. Wolfberg was diagnosed with melanoma but worked for at least two more years. At the time of his death, he was negotiating a deal for his own TV show.


Darrell Zwerling was an actor whose best-known role was Hollis Mulwray, the unfortunate Water Authority Commissioner (the husband of Faye Dunaway's character) in Roman Polanski's Chinatown. Other films include Capricorn One, High Anxiety, And Justice For All, and Grease. He portrayed Mr. Charney, a voice-over applicant with laryngitis, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Other TV included Mannix, Columbo, and Kojak.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2022, 02:33 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Wesley Lau was an actor, best known for his role on TV's Perry Mason as Lt. Andy Anderson. After serving in the Air Corp in WWII, Lau studied playwriting and earned a MA at Yale Drama School. He continued his studies at The Actors Studio in NY. He wanted to be a writer, but found more acting jobs in NY. Lau first appeared on Perry Mason as a defendant, then made 81 appearances as Lt. Anderson. Other TV includes Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, The Time Tunnel, The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, Cannon, Wagon Train, and The Six Million Dollar Man. He reunited with Raymond Burr in an episode of Ironside. Movies include I Want To Live!, and The Alamo.


Robert Edwin Lee was a playwright and lyricist. With his writing partner, Jerome Lawrence, Lee worked for Armed Forces Radio during World War II, and they became the most prolific writing partnership in radio. They turned to live theater in 1955 with Inherit the Wind, and wrote Auntie Mame and First Monday in October. In 1965, Lawrence and Lee founded the American Playwrights' Theater which produces their wildly successful play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. With James Hilton, they created the 1956 musical adaptation of Hilton's novel Lost Horizon, entitled Shangri-La. They also adapted Auntie Mame into the hit musical Mame with composer Jerry Herman. Lee was married to actress Janet Waldo, who provided the voice of many well-known cartoon characters, including Judy Jetson.


John Thomas Lenox was a production manager and assistant director, known for Splash (1984), Ishtar (1987) The Long Hot Summer (1985), TV's Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley, plus TV movies Rescue from Gilligan's Island, The Brady Girls Get Married, and The Executioner's Song.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-16-2022, 11:37 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #578 - I spy something beginning with ... M
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Mount Rushmore.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-08-2022, 01:40 AM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest - 8th May to 15 May 2022, NZ time.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 14
Views: 512
The first annual Halloween marathon at Greeley's farm did not have the expected turnout.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-02-2022, 08:24 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #576 - Sunrise or Sunset
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-22-2022, 09:12 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Fprest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Buck Henry, born Henry Zuckerman, was an American actor, writer, comedian, and filmmaker. He began on TV with The New Steve Allen, co-created Get Smart with Mel Brooks, and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times. Henry shared an Oscar nomination with Calder Willingham for the screenplay of The Graduate, in which he also appeared as a hotel concierge. Henry's cameo in The Player (1992) had him playing himself pitching a sequel to The Graduate. Other screenwriting credits include the sex farce Candy, the romantic comedies The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and What's Up, Doc? (1972), the satire Catch-22 (1970), the thriller The Day of the Dolphin (1973), the comedy Protocol (1984), and the dark crime dramedy To Die For (1995). In several of these, he appeared as an actor. He co-directed Heaven Can Wait (1978) and appeared in the film as an officious angel, and he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Director. During a SNL episode, Henry was injured in the forehead by John Belushi's katana in the samurai sketch. He began to bleed and was forced to wear a large bandage on his forehead for the rest of the show.


Barbara Eiler was an actress on radio and TV from the 1940s through the '60s She started acting as a teenager and appeared regularly on the radio programs The Life of Riley, A Day in the Life of Dennis Day, The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy and Glamor Manor. On TV, she was in many series, including Dragnet, Wagon Train, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and several Disney programs.


Art Todd and his wife Dotty were a singing duo, who had two one-hit wonders - one in the UK and one in the US. In 1953, their number-one hit in England was "Broken Wings", and during 1956 in the US, "Chanson d'Amour" reached number six and remained on the charts for 11 weeks. They appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan Show, had a radio show, and performed in Las Vegas until retiring in 1980.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-20-2022, 07:01 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Angelus-Rosedale, Los Angeles.

Henry Jackson Jr. was a professional boxer and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong. Armstrong's two popular nicknames were Hurricane Henry and Homicide Hank. He competed in featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions, and Armstrong was the first boxer to hold world championships in three different weight divisions at the same time. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1937, and The Boxing Writers Association of America named him Fighter of the Year in 1940. In 2007, The Ring ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of the last 80 years, and historian Bert Sugar also ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of all time, while ESPN ranked Armstrong as number 3 of the 50 greatest boxers. He later opened a nightclub, then became a minister and helped run a Boys Club. He was posthumously inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990.


Corporal Trustrim Connell was an American soldier who enlisted into the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry and fought in the Civil War. Connell received the Medal of Honor for bravery during combat at the Battle of Sayler's Creek in Virginia on 6 April 1865, where he captured the enemy flag. His updated marker faces his old one, in front of the family block marker.


Jessie Ann Benton Frémont was an American writer and political activist. She was the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton and the wife of military officer, explorer, and politician John C. Frémont. She wrote many stories that were printed in popular magazines of the time as well as several books of historical value, as memoirs of her time in the American West. A strong supporter of her husband, who was one of the first two Senators of the new state of California and a Governor of the Territory of Arizona, she was outspoken on political issues and a determined opponent of slavery.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-14-2022, 04:30 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #575 - Fog and Mist
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Replies: 26
Views: 1,433
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-11-2022, 01:10 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - April 11 to April 17, 2022
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 19
Views: 821
The Chia craze went a little too far.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-09-2022, 11:35 AM  
Weekly Challenge WINNERS- Challenge #574 Juxtaposed
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Replies: 8
Views: 463
Congrats to Hattifnatt and thanks for 2nd.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-01-2022, 12:57 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #574-JUXTAPOSED
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 620
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-17-2022, 08:52 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Forest Lawn, Glendale.

On Sep 17, 1946, Highway Patrol Officer Sodel was working alone in Playa Del Rey at safety checkpoint. When other CHP officers arrived, they found Sodel's patrol car with the keys in the ignition and the police radio on, but Sodel was not there. Behind his patrol car were heavy skid marks. The police suspected that Sodel had stopped a car, and had been kidnapped. A witness said he had towed a Chevy sedan which had been recently painted black and the license place had been partially painted over. Three days later, police found the bullet-riddled, blood-stained sedan near Las Vegas. The owner had reported it stolen by a man, Tony Adams, she had met at a wedding party, and who had left her at a nightclub and, unknown to her, taken her car. On Sep 22, boys playing at a construction site discovered Sodel's partially buried body, about four miles from where his abandoned patrol car was found. He had been shot five times and his skull was fractured. An intense nationwide search followed. On Oct 7, Adams was arrested in NYC, and his trial lasted less than 2 weeks before being found guilty on all counts.


British-born Harold Bucquet served in the US Army during WWI, then started in the film business as an extra then set designer. He became an assistant to director Allen Holubar, and later at MGM where he spent the rest of his career making shorts and directing screen tests. His first feature was 1938's Young Dr. Kildare. Though he made another "A" feature, Dragon Seed in 1944, his output was mainly "B" pictures. His 1937 film Torture Money won an oscar for the Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). He could not finish his last film, The Green Years (1946), due to illness, dying not long afterward.


Gladys McConnell was an actess and aviator. While with her sister, Hazel, on a visit to Universal for Hazel's screen test, McConnell went to the casting director's office to ask to appear in Westerns, citing her skill with horses. McConnell began acting in comedies and Westerns in 1924. Her film career lasted to the early sound era. She starred with Harry Langdon in Three's A Crowd (1927) and in The Chaser (1928), as Langdon's talkative wife. In 1930, McConnell and actor Hugh Allan sued producer Eska Wilson alleging that he abandoned them in Honolulu and failed to pay them four weeks' salary. Her second marriage, to Hollywood attorney A. Ronald Button, included William Jennings Bryan Jr., as the best man. Around 1924, McConnell became an aviator and began flying in Portland, logging more air hours than any woman in the film colony except Ruth Elder. She was once hostess on a Maddux Airlines passenger plane for an aerial breakfast party. McConnell also flew to various film locations.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-16-2022, 02:39 PM  
Abstract Minamalist Basketball Goal
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Replies: 6
Views: 352
Even more minimal...I would crop off about 1/2 the blank area at the top for balance. I like the original color.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-16-2022, 08:10 AM  
Caption Contest The Ides of March 2022 (3-15 to 3-21)
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Replies: 12
Views: 705
You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2022, 12:57 AM  
Machinery Shelby Cobras and...
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Thanks for looking and commenting.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-14-2022, 10:57 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,049
Views: 649,020
Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Robert Fallon acted in 2 episodes of Flight in 1958, and produced St. Patrick's Day TV Special in 1969, and Mr. Blackwell Presents TV Movie in 1968.


Wendell Phillips Smalley began in vaudeville and acted in 200 films between 1910 and his death in 1939. He directed 300 films from 1911-21. A later and uncredited role was as a spectator with the wrong hat in the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races in 1937. Smalley was first married to Lois Weber (the first female to direct a full-length movie in the US), but is interred with his second wife, Phyllis.


Leonard Sues was a composer, conductor, trumpeter and actor. He began conducting at age five and by age 6-1/2 he was touring vaudeville as a conductor and trumpeter. Later, he conducted for Eddie Cantor, Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, and for 20 years was Milton Berle's musical director and performer. He had bit parts in 32 films, frequently as a trumpeter, band member or conductor.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2022, 05:13 PM  
Machinery Shelby Cobras and...
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 222
















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